#1. This week's number one is an international point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85, currently plays in Eurocup). He led his Russian team Triumph Lyubertsy to a victory against the second-ranked Banvit BK (2-2) 93-89 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game.
Naimy recorded 16 points and added 3 passes in 35 minutes on the court.
Triumph Lyubertsy (1-3) is placed fourth in group I.
It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses.
There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical.
It's Naimy's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 10.9ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 36.8%, 3FGP: 49.0%(25-51) in the 10 games he played so far.
Naimy is currently a member of the Israeli senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to former U20 international guard Oded Brandwein (186-88, agency: N.E.T., currently plays in Poland). He led Energa Czarni to a victory over the closely-ranked Trefl Sopot (12-7) crushing them 83-63 in the Polish TBL last Sunday.
Brandwein was MVP of the game. He recorded 15 points and added 4 assists.
Energa Czarni Slupsk (10-9) is placed sixth in the TBL.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
This season Brandwein averages: 8.6ppg, 3.4apg, 2FGP: 41.0%, 3FGP: 34.9% and FT: 84.0%.
He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and Polish.
Former Elitzur Yavne starter played for the Israeli U20 national team in 2008.
#3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Yotam Halperin (193-84, currently plays in Germany). Halperin contributed to a Bayern Muenchen's victory against one of league's weakest teams New Yorker Phantoms (6-14) 75-70 in the German BBL on Wednesday night.
He scored 8 points and added 3 passes in 22 minutes.
FC Bayern Muenchen (14-7) is placed third in the BBL.
This year Halperin's overall stats are: 5.7ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 67.6%(23-34), 3FGP: 29.5% and FT: 82.6% in the 21 games.
He is also a member of the Israeli senior national team.
#4. Center Robert Rothbart (217-86, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, currently plays in Poland), who plays in the Polish TBL could not help Start Gdynia (5-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Rothbart's good performance Start Gdynia was defeated 66-55 on the road by the league outsider Rosa Radom (#12).
He was the top scorer with 12 points. Rothbart also added 8 rebounds.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important.
This season Rothbart has relatively solid stats: 13.2ppg and 7.2rpg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israeli.
Rothbart is also Israeli national team player.
#5. Former U20 international center Jeremiah Kreisberg (208-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the one of league's weakest teams Yale (1-2) in their game against the Dartmouth College (1-2) in the NCAA.
He scored 5 points.
The Yale was defeated 71-62 in Hanover, NH by the Dartmouth College.
Kreisberg has reliable stats this season: 12.2ppg, 6.6rpg and 2.1apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Kreisberg used to play for the Israeli U20 national team
two years ago.
Strangely he has never played in Israel.
#6. Point guard Tom Maayan (185-93, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Seton Hall (2-8) in their game against the University of Pittsburgh (7-4) in the NCAA.
Maayan scored only 4 points in 31 minutes.
The Seton Hall lost 46-56 in Pittsburgh, PA to the University of Pittsburgh.
It was Seton Hall's fourth consecutive loss in a row.
Maayan's stats this year are: 12.2ppg, 6.6rpg and 2.1apg in the 25 games.
He is a former U18 international player as he played for the Israeli team two years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Israeli passport but never been selected to any of Israeli national teams:
#1.Guy Aud (188-G-89, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in a Finke Baskets' victory against the closely-ranked Science City Jena (9-11) 83-73 in the German ProA (second division) last Sunday.
Aud scored 17 points and added 6 passes in 29 minutes.
Finke Baskets Paderborn (8-12) is placed 13th in the ProA.
Aud is currently second on the list of best passers with 6.3apg.
This year he also averages: 10.8ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.2spg in the 19 games he played so far.
Aud has a dual citizenship: Israeli and German.
Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.
#2.Omar Wattad (195-G-88, college: Chattanooga, currently plays in Georgia) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider STU (0-11) crushing them 112-70 in the Georgian Superleague on Monday night.
He scored 9 points. It was his first game for Energy Invest this season.
His team is placed in the Superleague.
Wattad is a naturalized American.
Strangely he has never played in Israel.
#3.Jason Thomas (191-G-82, college: American, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Eco Orebro (5-21) crushing them 110-88 in the Swedish Basketligan in Wednesday night's game.
Thomas recorded 7 points in 17 minutes.
Boras Basket (17-8) is placed third in the Basketligan.
Thomas has reliable stats this year: 12.2ppg, 6.6rpg and 2.1apg in the 25 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Thomas used to play for Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan in Israeli league.
Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv interested in Chris Singleton - May 29, 2016
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Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) is close to sign 27-year old American forward Chris Singleton (206-104kg-89, college: Florida State) who currently signed forAnhui Wenyi in China. This season Singleton played at Lokomotiv in Russian league. In 32 NBL games he recorded 9.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg this season. The last season he played at OKC Blue in D-League. In 19 games he averaged 8.6ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team... [read more]
Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) is close to sign 27-year old American forward Chris Singleton (206-104kg-89, college: Florida State) who currently signed for Anhui Wenyi in China. This season Singleton played at Lokomotiv in Russian league. In 32 NBL games he recorded 9.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg this season. The last season he played at OKC Blue in D-League. In 19 games he averaged 8.6ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Southwest Division. Singleton also played at Jiangsu Dragons (CBA) in Chinese league that season. In 17 games he averaged impressive 22.5ppg, 12.6rpg, 2.6apg, 3.0spg (in top 3) and 1.9bpg. He also spent pre-season at the Pacers in NBA that year. He contributed to his team making it to the final. The previous (13-14) season Singleton played at the Wizards in NBA. In 24 games he averaged 3.1ppg and 2.3rpg in 2013-14 season. In 2011 he was drafted by Washington Wizards (NBA) in first round (18th overall). Singleton attended Florida State and it is his fifth season in pro basketball. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he received ACC All-Defensive Team award back in 2010 and 2011 at his college time. Singleton has played also professionally in NBA (Indiana Pacers). The scouts decsribe him following way:
(by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2011)
A small forward with terrific size and length for the position He is an explosive leaper and has next level athleticism A very good player in transition, he runs the floor extremely hard and is able to finish plays above the rim in open lane situations. Not a natural wing player, he is not very smooth with the ball and does not have the ballhandling skills which would allow him to create his shot with consistency.
Winner League Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Hapoel Eilat reach semifinals - May 28, 2016
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Maccabi Haifa - Maccabi Rishon 83-66 Maccabi Haifa outgunned Maccabi Rishon to open win count in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi Haifa. Maccabi Rishon managed to win third quarter 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi Haifa dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Maccabi Rishon's 22. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners w... [read more]
Maccabi Haifa outgunned Maccabi Rishon to open win count in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi Haifa. Maccabi Rishon managed to win third quarter 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi Haifa dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Maccabi Rishon's 22. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was point guard John DiBartolomeo (183-91, college: Rochester, agency: Duran International) who scored 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman William Graves (198-88, college: N.Carolina) chipped in 19 points. DiBartolomeo is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Maccabi Haifa's coach Rami Hadar used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Darryl Monroe (201-86, college: George Mason) who recorded 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Chris Wright (203-88, college: Dayton) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Four Maccabi Rishon players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Maccabi Haifa: J.DiBartolomeo 21+9reb+4ast, W.Graves 19+4reb+2ast, L.Hickerson 15+4reb+1ast, G.Vargas 9+6reb+4ast, O.Blayzer 7+9reb+2ast, C.Colman 5+4reb+3ast Maccabi Rishon: D.Monroe 15+7reb+5ast, S.Dawson 15+4reb+1ast, M.Lyons 11+1reb+6ast, C.Wright 11+9reb, K.Palmer 6+1reb, T.Younger 5+5reb+1ast
Hapoel Jerusalem thumped Hapoel Tel-Aviv to take 2-1 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Jerusalem. Hapoel Tel-Aviv was better in third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Jerusalem players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a quality performance for international forward Lior Eliyahu (205-85) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international Yotam Halperin (194-84) accounted for 19 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Four Hapoel Jerusalem players scored in double figures. American guard Chester Simmons (196-82, college: Washington) came up with 24 points and 8 rebounds and the former international center Robert Rothbart (217-86, agency: Octagon Europe) added 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for Hapoel Tel-Aviv in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Hapoel J-M: Y.Halperin 19+3reb+4ast, E.Rowland 16+5reb+2ast, D.Smith 16+8reb+2ast, B.Timor 10+2reb+2ast, L.Eliyahu 10+10reb+8ast, E.Holman 9+4reb+2ast Hapoel T-A: C.Simmons 24+8reb+1ast, R.Rothbart 17+6reb, R.Limonad 14+2reb+7ast, N.Robinson 7+1reb+1ast, J.Allen 6+7reb+1ast, D.Wachner 2
Maccabi Tel-Aviv cruised past Bnei Hertzeliyya to sweep the quarterfinal series. The game without a history. Maccabi T-A led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Bnei Hasharon's 26 and made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Bnei Hasharon 52-33 including a 20-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Maccabi T-A looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American-Nigerian power forward Trevor Mbakwe (207-89, college: Minnesota, agency: Pensack Sports) who scored 7 points and 15 rebounds. Bosnian-Croatian Dragan Bender (213-97) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Drew Crawford (196-90, college: Northwestern) who recorded 15 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Top scorers: Maccabi T-A: I.Segev 12+7reb, D.Bender 11+7reb+1ast, D.Yavzuri 11+2reb+2ast, I.Ofoegbu 11+7reb, T.Rochestie 9+1reb+3ast, T.Mbakwe 7+15reb+2ast Bnei Hertzeliyya: D.Crawford 15+9reb+2ast, J.Singleton 12+5reb+1ast, S.Dennis 8+2reb+4ast, H.N'Diaye 4+3reb, K.Mashour 4+3reb+2ast, D.Rubin 4+5reb+4ast
Hapoel Eilat advanced into the semifinal stage following a narrow road win over Ironi Nahariya. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ironi Nahariya won third quarter 27-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for guard DeAndre Kane (193-89, college: Iowa St., agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 6 rebounds. Khalif Wyatt (193-91, college: Temple, agency: Pensack Sports) helped adding 18 points and 10 assists. Four Hapoel Eilat players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Richard Howell (203-90, college: N.Carolina St.) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Cameron Clark (201-91, college: Oklahoma) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Top scorers: Hapoel Eilat: D.Kane 23+6reb+1ast, A.Simhon 19+2reb, K.Wyatt 18+10ast, A.Aminu 10+12reb, E.Kadir 8+8reb+6ast, A.Nissim 7+2reb+2ast Ironi Nahariya: C.Clark 21+5reb+1ast, G.Brown 18+4reb+2ast, R.Howell 17+10reb+1ast, M.Umeh 11+1reb, N.Berkowitz 7+5reb+6ast, E.Asante Asare 5+4reb+4ast
National League Round 5 of Finals. Galil Gilboa crowned champions - May 28, 2016
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Galil Gilboa - Ironi K-A 68-52 Galil Gilboa celebrated the National League title. They outgunned Ironi Kiryat-Ata in the decisive fifth game of the championship series and secured Winner League promtion. Galil Gilboa had a 33-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. American Jason Siggers (194-85, college: Albany) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward Demetrius Treadwell (201-91, college: Akron) contributed with 14 points a... [read more]
Galil Gilboa celebrated the National League title. They outgunned Ironi Kiryat-Ata in the decisive fifth game of the championship series and secured Winner League promtion. Galil Gilboa had a 33-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. American Jason Siggers (194-85, college: Albany) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward Demetrius Treadwell (201-91, college: Akron) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Galil Gilboa players scored in double figures. American guard Julien Mills (193-85, college: Ball St., agency: HMS) answered with 22 points and 9 rebounds and Tomer Ginat (202-94) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Ironi Kiryat Ata. Ironi Kiryat Ata's coach rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Top scorers: Galil Gilboa: J.Siggers 18+9reb+5ast, D.Treadwell 14+6reb+1ast, G.Dotan 14+4reb+2ast, O.Lev 11+3reb+2ast, O.Huber 5+3reb+1ast, J.Shuchman 5+11reb+4ast Ironi K-A: J.Mills 22+9reb, T.Ginat 19+6reb+1ast, D.Joyner 9+7reb+1ast, E.Sror 2, R.Yehia 0+1reb, N.Sachs 0
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